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USS LST-989

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Romeo - November
NVRN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 February 1944, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 12 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-989, 28 April 1944, LT. Hugh. L. Campbell USN in command
  • During World War II USS LST-989 was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 20 September 1944
  • For the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-989 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Seven, CAPT. Riley;
    LST Group One Hundred Nine, CDR. E. W. Wilson USNR;
    LST Division Two Hundred-Seventeen
  • Following World War II USS LST-989 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    25 September 1945 to 16 April 194625 September 1945 to 16 April 1946

  • USS LST-989 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.7 (Service Group - Rongerik Evacuation Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 7 October 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
  • USS LST-989 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold, 25 June 1948, to Humble Oil & Refining Co., Houston, TX., for operation
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    USS LST-989
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Campbell, Hugh Lester, USN28 April 1944 - March 1945
    02LT. Moore, W. P., USNRMarch 1945 - June 1945
    03LT. McKay, William H., USNRJune 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Smith, F. M., USNRDecember 1946 - June 1946
    03LT. Gromer, Gerald Horace, USNJune 1946 - 7 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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